Janesville man pleads guilty to homicide charges

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
— A Janesville man accused of killing two people while driving drunk in 2011 has changed his plea to guilty as part of an agreement with the Rock County District Attorney’s Office.

In exchange, nine related counts will be dismissed but considered at sentencing.

Omar Tavizon Ramos, 22, of 2147 Mt. Zion Ave., Janesville, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Rock County Court to two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He is charged in the deaths of Jeffery S. Bauer, 19, and Bauer’s grandmother, Margaret Worden, 61. Both lived in Janesville.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution will argue for no more than seven years in prison, said Tavizon’s attorney, Michael Shannon Murphy.

Judge James Daley does not have to follow the recommended sentences, he reminded Tavizon in court Wednesday.

Tavizon on Wednesday carried a paperback novel and wore a silver chain with a silver crucifix over his orange jail jumpsuit.

Bauer died at 2:49 a.m. April 24, 2011, at the intersection of Center Avenue and Racine Street in Janesville. Worden died a few days later at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.

The two had been delivering newspapers.

Tavizon and a passenger were injured in the crash. Tavizon told a nurse he had been drinking tequila in a bar, according to court documents.

He tested positive for consumption of alcohol and marijuana, according to court documents.

Tavizon was hospitalized after the crash but in early May walked away from University Hospital in Madison. He was captured two days later in Janesville.

Dismissed charges include two counts of homicide while driving with a blood-alcohol concentration higher than the legal limit, two counts of homicide by use of a vehicle while using a controlled substance, three counts of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of first-degree reckless injury.

Last updated: 8:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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